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Anti-dumping Actions

Commodity: Tungsten carbide, tungsten carbide simply mixed with metallic powder and fused tungsten carbide, currently falling within CN codes 2849 90 30 and ex 3824 30 00 (TARIC code 3824300010).
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland
Action: On 23 March 2016, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of tungsten carbide, fused tungsten carbide and tungsten carbide simply mixed with metallic powder originating in the Chinese mainland. The request for a review was lodged on 7 December 2015 on behalf of Union producers (‘the applicant’) said to be representing more than 25% of the total Union production of the product concerned. The measures currently in force are a definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Council Implementing Regulation 287/2011. In the previous investigation the U.S. was used as a market economy third country for the purpose of establishing normal value. For the purpose of the current investigation, based on the information contained in the request, the Commission envisages using the U.S. once again. The Commission also expects to resort to sampling, the details of which should be examined in the notice.
Dates: Subject to the provisions of the notice, all interested parties have been invited to make their views known, submit information and provide supporting evidence. Unless otherwise specified, this information and supporting evidence must reach the Commission within 37 days of the date of publication of the notice in the Official Journal. All interested parties may request to be heard by the Commission. Any request to be heard must be made in writing and must specify the reasons for the request. For hearings on issues pertaining to the initial stage of the investigation the request must be submitted within 15 days of the date of publication of the notice. Thereafter, a request to be heard must be submitted within the specific deadlines set by the Commission in its communication with the parties. The investigation will be concluded within 15 months of the date of the publication of the notice.

Commodity: High fatigue performance steel concrete reinforcement bars as further described in Article 1 of Commission Regulation 2016/113.
Countries/Economies:
Action: On 22 March 2016, the Official Journal published a corrigendum to Commission Regulation 2016/113 of 28 January 2016 imposing a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of high fatigue performance steel concrete reinforcement bars originating in the Chinese mainland. On page 16, in the title, for: ‘Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/113’, one should read: ‘Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/113’.
Date: The corrigendum is immediately applicable.

Commodity: Certain footwear with uppers of leather, which has been further described in Article 1 of Council Regulation 1472/2006.
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland, Vietnam
Action: On 17 March 2016, the Official Journal published a notice on the implementation of the judgment in joined cases C-659/13 and C-34/14 C&J Clark International Limited and Puma SE concerning Council Regulation 1472/2006 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty and collecting definitely the provisional duty imposed on imports of certain footwear with uppers of leather. It is noted that, in Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/223, the Commission has informed all interested parties that it will examine market economy treatment and individual treatment claims filed by non-sampled exporting producers of certain footwear with uppers of leather from the Chinese mainland and Vietnam, where that is necessary in the light of pending national procedures. Dates: Interested parties are invited to make themselves known within 15 days of the publication of the notice in the Official Journal at the following email address: TRADE-AD499-Footwear-Court@ec.europa.eu

Commodity: Chopped glass fibre strands, of a length of not more than 50 mm; glass fibre rovings, excluding glass fibre rovings which are impregnated and coated and have a loss on ignition of more than 3% (as determined by the ISO Standard 1887); and mats made of glass fibre filaments excluding mats of glass wool, currently falling within CN codes 7019 11 00, ex 7019 12 00 (TARIC codes 7019120021, 7019120022, 7019120023, 7019120025, 7019120039) and 7019 31 00.
Countries/Economies: The Chinese mainland.
Action: On 15 March 2016, the Official Journal published a notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of certain continuous filament glass fibre products originating in the Chinese mainland. Following the publication of a notice of impending expiry of the anti-dumping measures in force, the European Commission received a request for a review. The request was lodged on 14 December 2015 by the European Glass Fibre Producers Association (‘APFE’ – ‘the applicant’) on behalf of producers said to be representing more than 25% of the total Union production of certain continuous filament glass fibre products. The measures currently in force are a definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Council Regulation 248/2011, as last amended by Commission Regulation 1379/2014. Since the Chinese mainland is still considered to be a non-market economy country, the applicant has established normal value for the imports on the basis of the price in a market economy third country, namely Turkey. The allegation of likelihood of continuation of dumping is based on a comparison of the normal value thus established with the export price (at ex-works level) of the product under review when sold for export to the EU. The applicant alleges the likelihood of recurrence of injury. In this respect the applicant has provided prima facie evidence that, should measures be allowed to lapse, the current import level of the product under review to the EU is likely to increase due to the existence of unused capacity of the manufacturing facilities of the exporting producers and the apparent attractiveness of the EU market as evidenced by an increasing demand for and high prices of the product under review. The applicant finally alleges that the removal of injury has been mainly due to the existence of measures as recently amended and that any recurrence of substantial imports at dumped prices would likely lead to a recurrence of injury to the Union industry should measures be allowed to lapse. The Commission envisages using the sampling process, the details of which should be examined in the notice.
Dates: Subject to the provisions of the notice, all interested parties have been invited to make their views known, submit information and provide supporting evidence. Unless otherwise specified in the notice, this information and supporting evidence must reach the Commission within 37 days of the date of publication of the notice. All interested parties may request to be heard by the Commission investigation services. Any request to be heard must be made in writing and must specify the reasons for the request. For hearings on issues pertaining to the initial stage of the investigation the request must be submitted within 15 days of the date of publication of the notice. Thereafter, a request to be heard must be submitted within the specific deadlines set by the Commission in its communication with the parties. The investigation will be concluded within 15 months of the date of publication of the notice.

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